Sadder but Wiser

By Ihsan Hussein

I woke up early the morning of 7 August, exhausted from the week but ready to move forward with the weekend distributions in Al Obaide Camp. My family was excited all week for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of Ramadan, and the large celebration we would have at my parents’ home. However, with complications and the poor ongoing security situation in Anbar, IOM’s distribution of non-food items (NFIs) to Syrian refugees in the camp had been continually delayed until that morning. It had been a long, hot Ramadan, and despite the existence of modest healthcare, sanitation, and electricity, morale in the camp was low.

Women helping women









By Sylvia Lopez-Ekra

“Dear woman,

If you are worried about trafficking…now is the time to put an end to it. Or perhaps you are going through it now. We want to be there for you and encourage you to find your way out, to leave it behind you, as each of us did. It is not easy, but it can be done! Although you may feel very weak, if you feel anything, do not let the light inside you go out.

Is Migration the New Facebook?

Photo by: Albert González Farran / UNAMID / CC BY-NC-ND

By Charmaine Caparas

One out of seven people in the world uses Facebook and one out of seven people alive today is a migrant. So what, if any, is the connection? Plenty if we are to believe Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who declared this week that he wants to achieve humanitarian goals with his (vast) private sector profits.

One Small Thing Can Make a Big Difference

By Leonard Doyle

Brilliantly encapsulating what it is to be a humanitarian aid worker, Matt Bowlby of IOM Haiti describes his daily rounds of a displacement camp thus: "You’re here to do one small thing that’s going to make a big difference."

In that short and pithy phrase, delivered as he bantered in creole with residents still displaced by the earthquake of three years ago, he summed up what keeps so many humanitarian aid workers returning to work in the often dangerous conditions of emergencies. In the film Matt and Magdala Michelle Jean-Pierre talk about the rewards and challenges of humanitarian work in Haiti.

19 August was World Humanitarian Day a month long initiative that invites you to sponsor a word and turn your voice to help millions of people worldwide affected by disasters. IOM and United Nations ask supporters to complete the sentence: The world needs more…

Future Beyond Migration

By Kensuke Matsueda

“What are your feelings about youth migration?” My colleague and I asked this quick question randomly to some Nepalese people who joined the celebration event for the International Youth Day 2013, which was held under the theme of ‘Youth Migration and Development’ in Kathmandu, Nepal in August. For this stab, I prepared the flip cards with twenty key words such as ‘empowerment’ ‘change’ and ‘choice,’ which could probably reflect one’s idea and feeling about youth migration.